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Doing their best imitation of Wisconsin Democrats, all but two Indiana Democrats in the state House of Representatives refused to show up for work this morning. The two who attended were there to block any attempt by Republicans to operate without a quorum.
Their complaint: right-to-work legislation pending in the state. The Democrats oppose a proposed law that would ensure that the state government wouldn’t be used to force workers throughout the state to pay union dues in order to get a job—it would give employers and prospective employees the liberty to decide for themselves whether to reach an employment agreement without interference by others (meaning: labor unions).
The state’s Democrats oppose that liberty, and they are beholden to the labor unions for huge campaign contributions.
Given the national poll results showing overwhelming public support for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in his effort to limit collective bargaining for public employees to wage issues only, it’s clear Democrats in the Badger and Hoosier states are siding with their big campaign contributors and against the public.
Whatever else it may do, this walkout clarifies things admirably.
Heartland Institute Research Director S. T. Karnick edits The American Culture.